colin styles

Hi, I’m Colin Styles, Father, Husband, Web Developer and computer geek.

I am an Application Developer, Database Administrator, Web Application Developer, Trainer and Project Manager. I have worked for and with a variety of companies and teams on many successful projects.

More recently I have been working on developing large scale multiuser mobile applications.

I am pretty much a devotee of managed code and the Microsoft ASP.NET development processes.

ASP.MVC is my latest weapon of choice.

about

After 13 years of service in the navy as a radar technician and with a wife and two children to support for I decided to get into the burgeoning new personal computer market, get qualified and pursue a role as a programmer.

After achieving my Analyst Programmer Diploma, with distinction and earning a State Medal, my first job was at the help desk of a vehicle leasing company. When I wasn’t helping staff in thier various computer woes I was cutting code in COBOL to help save the world from the Y2K bug. Eventually I graduated to a role creating desktop applications in Visual Basic and enhancing the fancy new company website in old school, Classic ASP.

I allowed myself to be poached to work on a lucrative contract maintaining a prestigious retail website and building various in-house web applications for a large Australian retailer. It was here that I discovered the joys of Microsoft’s new ASP.NET technologies and built a number of simple CMS applications.

At the end of that contract I moved on to a role developing bespoke websites and managing a small team with a small multimedia firm in Sydney. The Global Financial Crisis has caused a huge business slow down. The company I was with merged and it was time to move on.

I am now working another company building fully owned web properties and some bespoke websites.

home life

After 23 years of marriage and 19 years of raising our two boys we were blessed with the birth of our third child, a baby girl. My boys are pursuing careers in IT and my wife is getting on with the job of enjoying raising a girl and me … I’m just trying to pay for it all 🙂

professional

Programming

Server Side programming and Web Services in ASP.NET Web-forms and MVC Razor, using C# and VB.NET. Classic ASP websites using VB6 and COM. Visual Studio 2003 – 2008. E-Commerce gateway integration and bulk email management systems.
Web Content Management Systems, Dot Net Nuke, Kentico, N2, Kooboo, nopCommerce, Atom and MrCms.

PHP programming using various CMS systems like WordPress and Magento.

Web Client Side programming using HTML, CSS, Java Script, JQuery and Json, standards compliant, cross browser XHTML, HTML 5 and mobile device optimized websites.

Database

RDBMS Database design and implementation using MS SQL Server 2000 – 2005, Linq2SQL and Nhibernate with SQLite.

Windows

Windows programming using C#, VB.NET, Visual BASIC 6, COM, VBS.
Microsoft Office Suite, Open Office Suite, Photoshop and Paint.Net.